Galle Fort - UNESCO World Heritage Site
A natural harbor in the south coast line of Sri Lanka that has attracted many by travelers, due to its strategic location close to one of the world's oldest and busiest maritime lines linking east to the west lies the city of Galle, where the invading Portuguese built a the first fortification. Later with the power shift from the Portuguese to Dutch, was extensively fortified in the mid 1600s. The British, though are the last occupants of the fort not much changes were done to the construction done by the Dutch leaving the traditional Dutch essence unchanged. It's a perfect icon of the colonial rule of the tiny island and is a cultural heritage left behind as a reminder of the past. Recognized by UNESCO for its cultural heritage value, the old town of Galle and its fortifications were declared a World Heritage Site in 1988. The fort offers a unique glimpse of Dutch architecture. It's also considered as the only inhabited Dutch fort in the world with its occupants descending down generations from its original occupants is truly a must visit for anyone resting on the popular southern beaches of the island.